It was Friday, April 10, 2009. Taniah was out with a few girlfriends who were visiting from out of town. She really wanted to show them a good time around Washington, D.C., but at that point she was tired and couldn’t wait to get home. Poor LuRon and his friends did not have a chance when they approached these exhausted ladies. When they asked, “Hi ladies. Where are you headed to?” Taniah did not even look up. But fate would have it that they were all parked in the same parking deck. As Taniah got into her car, she made eye contact with LuRon. They stood there awkwardly smiling at each other until Taniah finally started her car. Taniah recalls, “As we began to pull off, one of my friends informed me that she was on the phone with one of the gentleman and they wanted us to pull over.” Not amused Taniah sped off, but LuRon and his friends kept up, eventually convincing her to give LuRon a chance. When Taniah pulled over, LuRon hopped out and politlely convinced her to take his number.The following day, Taniah ran into one of LuRon’s friends at a mixer. She decided to text LuRon and ask if he was coming out! His response…”No. I have church tomorrow!” Taniah was sold on giving him a chance.
Almost 4 years later on New Year’s Eve 2013, LuRon decided to propose at a restaurant surrounded by their closest friends. Right before the clock struck 12, LuRon proposed a toast in which he stated “We all came here as friends, but I hope to leave here as family. I don’t want Taniah to be my girlfriend anymore, I want her to be my wife.” He then presented her with a box covered in pictures, movie, play and concert tickets from over their past 4 years together!
LuRon and Taniah both share a love for black history, especially the aesthetic of the Harlem Renaissance era, so they planned to incorporate aspects to that era into their wedding. They opted for a classic color scheme of black and white with pops of fuchsia. Taniah wore a strapless Vera Wang gown with a mermaid silhouette. Her handmade brooch bouquet created by her grandmother brought a personalized touch of vintage to her wedding accessories. Guests traveled from Seattle and Florida to celebrate the Flynn’s union, and there was not a dry eye when LuRon presented Taniah’s 11-year-old daughter with a keepsake necklace and vowed to love her as his own. These mementos and memories are what LuRon and Taniah will cherish more and more each year of their lives spent as husband and wife.
This wedding was featured in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue. Make sure to check out the gallery for more gorgeous images.
Bride/Groom: Taniah and Luron Flynn
Wedding date: June 22, 2014
Location: Hilton in Old Town Alexandria, VA
Quick facts from the bride:
Wedding theme: Harlem Renaissance meets modern day
Wedding flowers: Our centerpieces consisted of white hydrangeas and white roses with hanging crystal beading. The hand held bouquets held by the bridesmaids were fuchsia roses wrapped with a fuchsia satin ribbon.
Bridesmaids: bridesmaids Gifts: I gifted my Bridesmaids each a different pair of earrings that I felt represented their personalities. These earrings were worn on my wedding day.
First dance song: To go along with our theme, my dear friend and renowned songstress Deborah Bond sang a beautiful rendition of “At Last” by Etta James.
Wedding style: My gown was a satin, strapless ivory mermaid silhouette by Vera Wang. To accentuate my waistline, I commissioned a custom black sash, adorned with Swarovski crystals, lace and a vintage brooch, which was hand crafted by one of my dearest friends and bridesmaids, who also happened to be one of my wedding planners. My favorite wedding accessory was my brooch bouquet, which was handmade by my Mother-in-law. It was a beautiful ivory satin bouquet, covered with vintage brooches from her personal collection, some of which being borrowed from close friends and family to complete my bouquet. The effort, time, familial history, coupled with the love that went into creating my bouquet, will forever remain close to my heart.
Culture: LuRon and I both share a love for black history, especially the aesthetic of the Harlem Renaissance era. We knew we wanted our wedding day celebration to be reminiscent of, and capture this particular time period. We opted to use a classic design of Black and White with a pop color of fuchsia. With our vision, and the expertise of our event designers, All in Heels, LLC, our dreams truly were transformed into reality.
Best memories: My best memory from our wedding was when LuRon presented my 11-year-old daughter with a keepsake necklace and vowed to love her as his own and to not try and replace her father but to respectfully support him in raising her. There was not a dry eye amongst our guests in the ceremony, including his own.
Prior to our wedding date of 6/22/2014, LuRon and I had a civil ceremony on 4/10/2013, the same exact location and date we met 4 years prior on 14th Street in NW, Washington, DC. I led LuRon to believe that I would be donning the same gown and hairstyle as I did on that day to cut back on expenses. Little did he know, I wanted to surprise him with a new look and that I did. The moment that I walked down the aisle, I could tell I had done just that. And that is his best memory of our wedding
Bride’s dress: Vera Wang
Bride’s shoes + sash: All in Heels, LLC
Cakes/desserts: Cake Plus
Ceremony/Reception: Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Event planner/designer: All in Heels, LLC
Entertainment: Wedding band and singer – Deborah Bond
Flowers + lighting: DaVinci Florist
Groom’s attire: Suit Supply
Hair: Selam at LeChic Salon
Makeup: Jeff Enriquez
Photography: Ross Oscar Knight
Stationery: All in Heels, LLC